Smells like... Valkyries? No, that can't be right... Well, however that line really ends, I've got an overhauled Valkyrie that's far superior to the other two. FAR superior.
About this creation
Well, you folks over here on the pages may not know it, but this is actually version four or five. There was a string of updates and changes over on flickr.
With that in mind, I give you the Valkyrie Vendetta!
This is the obligatory head-on shot, as I'm sure you've already guessed.
Actually, these first few shots are all just typical views before we get to the detail parts.
So, I'll just breeze on through them until we get to the part I like best. Sound good?
Hope you said yes...
But yay! My favorite part of the whole build! This is the now uber sexy cockpit. It was basically entirely retconned from earlier. It's now 68.94% more accurate (Fun fact: Did you know that almost 83% of all statistics are made up?), twice as sexy, and smoother than that tile floor you keep wanting to go sliding around on at work, but are too scared to do it because your boss is always watching. Yeah, you know the one I'm talking about.
This here is one of my favorite additions, that extends the nose of the craft below the belly like it should. It also has some fun greebly bits like a targeter looking thing and some useless antenna.
And yes! It has a much more detailed interior now! I can fit the pilots, some panels with flashy things, a lever, and a pair of binoculars. What do you mean why? EVERYTHING is better with random binoculars thrown in!
Yes, Gary the Pilot doesn't really have to do much. Much like the frogs, he only has an autopilot button and a land button. The rest play inspirational hymns or read out propaganda, like a proper Imperial machine should. That way you can further indoctrinate your troops in the middle of combat!
As you can see, Jerry here has the bigger control panel. Why? Command deemed him the more responsible of the two. Why is this important, you ask. It's quite simple: Gary, The Pilot, is a technical pacifist. Jerry, the fire controller, is what we refer to as a 'Homicidal Maniac'. He's chalked up about a Regiments worth of infantry kills. Most of them from a recent trip to evacuate refugees.
Moving away from the interior, let's move on to the zappy part! This is your standard issue Imperial Lascannon. It's like the flashlights used by your standard guardsman, but it's used to kill tanks instead of annoy enemy troopers. Trust me, this thing usually results in an instant bad day.
And of course, what zappy part would function without a looky part to direct the zappery? None, of course! (Well, they'd be pretty hard to use at any rate.) So that's why we have this odd little bit stuck on here. In reality we could have replaced it with a second zappy part, but that was too expensive.
Fancy non-boring wings, with plates laid over them to give it a more armored look.
The underside of the fancy wings.
I just love this little landing gear box thingy. It adds some more color. And style points. After all, that's all that matters, right?
The brand-spankin' new rocket thrusters. Attached to the wingtips for style points and VTOL capacity.
How the wings are held on, just in case you folks are curious.
Well, this thing is technically the lovechild of a UH-1 Huey and various American WW2 Bombers, so Doorgunners are a must. And what better way to arm them than giving them a fully automatic armor-piercing rocket propelled grenade launcher? Giving them the heavy weapons version of said gun of course! So that's what we did.
Before I get too far away from the wing-y bits, here's another new thingamajig I added onto the whosiewhatsit.
So, after getting a GW valkyrie of my own (Still a WIP), I realized some staggering inaccuracies. Like the deficiency in giant landing footses. It be needin' a giant landin' foot, so I be givin' it a giant landin' foot.
With this giant foot, the ramp now clears the ground, and it also supports the area raised up by the extended nose! Genius!
And at last, a good shot of the interior. Sort of... Well, you get the gist, right?
Well, it's time for all of you to leave. Unless you're going to donate comments towards my attempt at dethroning my MOColympics creations or towards my ultimate goal of MoTD, then you should probably be going. Things are only going to get weirder after all, and I can't gurantee your sanity past this point.
Thank you both!
@Galactic Empire: They're actually the pilot figs from a rescue chopper set. I just stuck hard hats on them so they could be my all-purpose henchmen/worker drones. I don't really see the resemblance to a mower though... I mean, there are the tail booms, but other than that...
@Caleb: Sure thing!
Wow, I really love every single part of this, including the description, but what truly stuck out to me was the wings and tail. What amazing work mate, good job..and Footses...I'll remember that next time I build mechs.
@Hector: Really? Man, I seem to be losing my touch...
@Matt: You're too kind! I'm glad you enjoyed the whole thing, this is probably one of my best writeups (The only things that really come close are my 2010 Mech contest entries), and definately one of my best builds. And I believe the accent was supposed to be pirate. I'm not entirely sure anymore, but I'm pretty sure that was it.
@B Gillmet: Sorry to hear about the sanity man, it's always a hassle to replace. And thank you, It warms me heart to know ye enjoyed it.
I have no idea how I've missed this as your most popular creation, but holy cow. This has got to be one of the funniest write-ups I've read. The build is great too, but man this actually had me laughing out loud at work. It's hard to pick a favorite part, but that bit when you randomly broke into an Irish/Jamaican/Cajun...? accent when talking about the landing gear was pretty hillarious. Also, forget technical rubbish. All weapons and sensor arrays on my future MOCs will now be called Zappy Things and Looky Things. And landing gear will now be Footses. This was awesome.
@Hans: Many thanks good sir, your comment pushed it over into second on the home page!
The same goes for everyone who rated and commented of course.
@Sand Ninja: Thank you, I just followed the GW design, nothing more. And the color scheme is a pretty blatant rip off of NCS.
Yes! This baby's top three now! If only by one... But that'll soon be remedied once I complete my sacrifice later today. Thanks for all the positive ratings guys!
@Areesta: Agreed. It also looks more... I guess muscular would be the term?
@Caleb: I whole-heartedly agree this version is far superior. Heck, this baby may survive another year at it's going rate.
@Louis: Not many can, but that's the IG for you. Maximum occupancy limit is just a suggestion. As for the landing gear, they're one of my favorite parts. The bolters are just too much fun to hate.
@000 000: I know what you meant, and I totally agree.
@Carter: Not to mention the crippling reality of being a total Tread Head. I needs me some tanks now...
@Yuri: The wings are definately an advanced technique for me. I've never built anything like it to be honest.
@Cole: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Like I always say, I love doing commentary.
@Ultramarine: You may have seen it over on Flickr... And even then it's still an older version. For what may be a first, MOCpages gets the shiny update first!
@John (And everyone else questioning my statistical skills): Clearly you are wrong, as statistics show I'm right 100.7% of the time. Except on the third sunday of November. I'm never right on the third sunday of November.
Wow, this thing is awesome! I love the snotty build and design. My favorite parts are the landing gear and those two guys with guns. I wouldn't have exspected that minifigs fit in. All in all, pretty detailed and cool, great job!